Michigan Arsons Meant To ‘Terrorize’ City After Firefighters Laid Off
May 22, 2010
The layoffs closed down two firehouses, and are believed to be the reason for the string of arson attacks across the city.
So far, 153 fires since late March have been connected with suspicious circumstances, mostly in abandoned buildings throughout Flint.
Mayor Dayne Walling does not believe the laid off firefighters are involved, but he does think they were done with someone well versed in dealing with fire.
“It is an individual or group of individuals who have a certain level of training, a certain lack of fear of fire. Often multiple fires are set within the same structure… When I say training it means somebody who understands – whether it means from an engineering or architectural or military perspective. Those initial arsons were not someone paid by a gang member.”
The statement has raised questions that perhaps the mayor believes the fires were started by other firefighters in protest to the layoffs. The firefighters union in the area have reacted with anger to the insinuations, and deny anyone within their ranks being involved.